Name: Roy Fox
Birthday: August 24th
Influences: Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan
Favorite Book: The Diviners
Favorite Movie: Life of Brian
Favorite Drink: Rum Runner
Favorite Song Lyric: “He employed me as a Karma-mechanic, with overall charms, his
hands were then fit to receive alms” - Genesis
Ever since I can remember, I banged on things with sticks. I think a great deal of my
orignal inspiration came from the fact that my Dad was in a band in the late 60’s, and on
more then one occasion I got to watch them rehearse.
When I got my first set of drums around the age of 7, I stopped hitting the furniture. I
learned to play by playing along to records – The Archies were an early favourite. A
friend’s older brother played me Genesis’s Selling England by the Pound when I was 13.
I remember borrowing that record and trying to play along. Needless to say, Phil Collin's
playing on this album was far beyond my skills as a 13 year old, but the experience
certainly opened my eyes to a world of music that was a little more exciting and complex
than what I had been listening to. Early drumming influences would have to been Neil
Peart - his monster double-bass kits, and drum solo from All the World's a Stage kept
me in awe for some time. I progressed through the rest of the Prog Rock pantheon : Yes,
Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Brand X, Steve Hackett, etc, all the
while expanding my musical horizons.
I tried out for a band called “Crisis” in the spring of 1980, and to my surprise, got the
job. Crisis became Tokyo Rose (Mk II ) and we played together until the spring of ’83. I
pretty much retired after that stint, playing in a few bands for short periods of time over
the years – until the call came from the Junkies...